World leaders stood behind the Turkish government when a military faction attempted to stage a coup on July 15. From UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who called for calm and underscored that “military interference in the affairs of any state is unacceptable,” as the coup attempt progressed; to European leaders and U.S. President Obama.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was among the first to call. Despite nearly eight months of tense relations and sanctions stemming from the late November 2015 shoot-down of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border, the coup attempt happened just as Moscow and Ankara were exploring a rapprochement. Putin called to reaffirm “Russia’s principled position that anti-constitutional actions and violence are categorically unacceptable in any country.” As Ankara pinned the coup on followers of Fethullah Gülen, it also claimed the pilots responsible for the November incident were part of the coup–an abandonment of Turley’s previous defense of its pilots and a boon to Moscow.
But of all the world leaders calling to express their support of Erdogan–the first to schedule a visit is none other than Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
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